Sunday, June 23, 2013

Actually, there is such a thing as a stupid question

Whoever said there's no such thing as a stupid question never worked with temps. We get proof of this regularly, when the associates from the law firm handling this case come by about once a week so that the dingbat at the front of the room can ask a couple really stupid questions. Confidentiality prevents me from revealing the actual content of the questions, but trust me on this. There is such a thing as a stupid question, and this person always has two whenever someone from the firm comes by. A couple days ago, it was a partner with a couple associates in tow. We don't get partners very often, because they're busy billing at astronomical rates and really don't have time to talk to temps. This guy seems OK, though, and comes by about once a month to let us know what's going on. He only comes to give us the 30,000-feet view of the case. Naturally, as on every case I've ever been on, there is one person who will then ask this big-picture guy a down-in-the-weeds stupid question that probably makes him question whether these temps can actually handle this. To his credit, he always says something that sounds like an answer and does not include the words "who ties your shoes in the morning?" Ironically, the stupid-question person sits right next to the person with the one-idiot-per-day quota, which makes me think the quota person always gets more than one idiot per day in her life.

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